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City of Vernon launches new engagement website, participatory budget for residents

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May 01, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The City of Vernon has launched a new public participation website that will encourage Vernon residents to provide input on key City projects and programs. This feedback will be considered by Vernon City Council as part of their decision-making process. Engage Vernon can be found at www.vernon.ca/engage or www.engagevernon.ca. The site will feature current engagement opportunities as well as past and upcoming projects.

The first opportunity for residents to provide feedback is on the 2018 Vernon Budget, in which participants can indicate whether they would increase, decrease or maintain proposed budgets for key City services. The 2018 Vernon Budget survey is open from May 1 – 31, and the results will be presented to Council for their consideration prior to the Budget Workshop and Strategic Planning Review on June 9. Other City projects will be added to the site in the near future.

Engage Vernon allows participants to safely communicate with the City in a number of different ways, including surveys, polls, maps, questions and answers, discussion forums, storytelling, brainstorming and more. Privacy and security of the participants is protected, as is the ability to participate without fear of trolling or harassment that is often present in social media forums or discussion boards.

Vernon residents who are interested in providing Council with input are encouraged to register on the site, and to follow updates in order to be informed about upcoming engagement opportunities.

The Engage Vernon webtool is provided by Bang the Table, a digital public engagement organization that uses the principles of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) to drive inclusive, sustainable and measurable public participation projects. The engagement webtool is meant to enhance Council’s vision of a community where public engagement is valued as an important part of the decision-making process and is inclusive, meaningful, accountable and responsive to the public’s perspectives and needs.


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